Jason Kihle, DA

Assistant Professor of Percussion

Assistant Director of Bands

Associate Professor




Performing Arts


D.A., University of Northern Colorado

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Contact Information

701-252-3467 ext. 5455

Reiland 130

Office Hours

Monday: 10:30-11, 2-3
Tuesday: 2-3
Wednesday: 10:30-11, 2-3
Thursday: 2-3


Dr. Jason Kihle is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. He teaches applied percussion, percussion ensemble, percussion techniques, jazz band and pep band. His previous appointment was at Texas A&M University–Kingsville where he was Associate Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands. Dr. Kihle taught percussion ensemble, percussion methods, applied percussion, basic conducting and applied drum set. He also directed the concert band, founded the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and directed the Pride of South Texas Marching Band.

Dr. Kihle has taught music in public schools in Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota. He has studied percussion with Mike Blake, Jim White, Gray Barrier, Michael Spiro, and Mark Ford. Dr. Kihle has been published in Early Music Colorado Quarterly, The Instrumentalist, The Educator’s Companion and Percussive Notes. He has been a presenter at the Minot State University Northwest International Festival of Music, the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the state music education association conferences of North Dakota, Wyoming, California, and Iowa and the NAfME National Conference.

Dr. Kihle has performed with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Wind Ensemble, Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed at the National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy, the International Double Reed Society Convention, Texas Music Educators Association, the National Flute Association Convention, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the International Thespian Festival. He performed Concertino for Marimba by Paul Creston at California State University Los Angeles in the spring of 2013. He commissioned Silencio for solo marimba from Nathan Daughtrey and gave its world premiere in the fall of 2016. Along with Elizabeth Janzen, he commissioned ANS for flute and marimba from Trevor Weston for the College Music Society 2019 National Convention. His compositions are published by Bachovich Publications.

Dr. Kihle is a member of PAS, NAfME, TMEA, NACWPI, CMS, KKP, TBS, and ASCAP. He is also a member of the Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee. Dr. Kihle is an artist/endorser for Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, Black Swamp, Remo and Zildjian.

My Favorite Course to Teach

Percussion Ensemble

Scholarly and Creative Works 


Percussion Pedagogy in the Large Ensemble (2019), Bachovich Publications, 2020.


  • The Rivening, marimba duet (2019), Bachovich Publications, 2021.
  • Marimba Focus, marimba book (2021), unpublished.
  • The Battle of Guagamela, four tambourines (2021), unpublished.
  • The Drum Also Talks, conga ensemble (2021), unpublished.
  • Austerlitz, snare drum ensemble (2021), unpublished.
  • The Rise of the Roman Empire, drumline (2021), unpublished.
  • Invictus Arduis, percussion ensemble (2021), unpublished.
  • Audaces Fortuna Juvat, percussion ensemble (2021), unpublished.
  • H2O Volume II: A Reading Resource for Snare Drum, snare drum (2020), unpublished.
  • Fortitudine Vincimus, percussion ensemble (2020), unpublished.
  • Acta, Non Verba, percussion ensemble (2020), unpublished.
  • Marimba Elements, marimba book (2018), Bachovich Publications, 2020.
  • Set Focus: An Introduction to Drum Set for the Experienced Percussionist, drum set book(2018), Bachovich Publications, 2019.
  • H2O: A Reading Resource for Snare Drum, snare drum (2018), Bachovich Publications, 2018.
  • Countess Diabola, marimba solo (2018) Bachovich Publications, 2018.
  • Elementa, timpani solo (2017) Bachovich Publications, 2018.
  • Infinity Engine, marimba solo (2017), Bachovich Publications, November 2017.
  • The Mind’s Key: An Agent Nia Tale, multiple percussion solo (2016) Bachovich Publications, 2017.
  • Barrier, timpani solo (2011), Bachovich Publications, 2016.

Journal Articles

  • Sammons, Michael, Jeff Crowell, Teddy Hall and Jason Kihle. “The Vibraphone’s Role in the College Percussion Curriculum.” Percussive Notes, 59/1 (February, 2021), pp. 52-58.
  • Kihle, J.J. and Licata, Julie. (2020). “University Pedagogy: Connecting Course Objectives to Assignments.” Percussive Notes, 58/6 (December, 2020), pp. 52-5.
  • Kihle, J.J. and Licata, Julie. (2020). “University Pedagogy: Writing Syllabi.” Percussive Notes, 58/1 (February, 2020), pp. 40-42.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2017). “Solo Snare Drum Repertoire: A Survey of the Literature.” Percussive Notes, 55/4 (July, 2017), pp. 46-48.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2016). “Basic Concepts for Teaching Crash Cymbals.” The PAS Educators Companion, 2/1 (Spring, 2016), pp. 28-33.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2015). “Fixing Percussion Problems During Rehearsals.” The Instrumentalist 70/2 (September, 2015), pp. 35-37.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2011). “The Timpani and the Court.” Early Music Colorado Quarterly 19/3 (Fall, 2011), pp. 4-5.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2010). “Mallet Percussion Tips.” The Instrumentalist 64/8 (March, 2010), pp. 45-47.
  • Kihle, J.J. (2007). “The Drum and the Dance.” Early Music Colorado Quarterly 15/4 (Winter, 2007-08), pp. 5-6.


A selection of Dr. Kihle’s activity is listed below. For a complete list, please download his CV.

Concerto/Solo Performances
2021 University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Dances of Earth and Fire, Mvt. II by Peter Klatzow
2020 University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Sara’s Song by Michael Burritt
2019 Jamestown Music Boosters Performance, Footpath by David Samuels
2019 University of Jamestown Faculty Recital, Velocities by Joseph Schwantner
2018 Kingsville Symphony Orchestra, Two’s Company by Thea Musgrave
2017 TAMUK Faculty Chamber and Solo Recital, Dances of Earth and Fire, Mvt. I by Peter Klatzow
2016 TAMUK Faculty Chamber and Solo Recital, Merlin by Andrew Thomas
Solo Recitals
2022 Faculty Recital
2016 Faculty Recital
2015 Faculty Recital
2014 Faculty Recital
2011 Faculty Recital
Large Ensemble
2011, 2019 Kingsville Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
2009-2019 Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
2015 Kingsville Community Choir (marimba)
2014 Laredo Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
2004-2008 Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra (substitute)
Duo Cuentista Performances (with Dr. Ann Fronkowiak, oboe)
2015 TAMUK—faculty chamber recital
2014 TAMUK—faculty chamber recital
2012 HM King High School
2012 Kingsville Public Library—program included a world premiere of …Wind, Wood… by John Bacon, composed for Duo Cuentista
2012 International Double Reed Society Conference at Miami University of Ohio
2012 Harlingen, Texas—Operation O.B.O.E. camp
Trio Ekatra Performances
2018 TAMUK Recital
Chamber Ensemble Performances (various instrumentations)
2021 Curtains (drum set)
University of Jamestown Theater
2019 Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder (percussion)
University of Jamestown Theater
2019 CMS National Conference with Elizabeth Janzen
ANS by Trevor Weston
2018 TAMUK Faculty Chamber Performance with Dr. Michael Wahlquist
The First Sentence of Ulysses by James Joyce by Jason Kihle
Carbon Speed Dating by Michael Wahlquist
2016 PAS Valley Day of Percussion
The Sky Is the Limit by Yukiko Nishimura (marimba)
2021 ALLEZ! for Horn and Vibraphone
Nathan Daughtrey (Commissioned with Dr. Laura Lynch)
2019 ANS for Marimba and Flute
Commissioned for the CMS National Conference with Elizabeth Janzen
Trevor Watson
2018 Framing Silence for Solo Marimba
Warren Ertle Commission Consortium
2016 Silencio for Solo Marimba
Nathan Daughtrey
2013 Lilac Vignettes for Oboe and Xylophone
Ryan Laney
2013 Illusion for Clarinet and Marimba
Alexa Yunes
2012 …wood, wind… for Oboe and Multiple Percussion
John Bacon
2010 Adagio for Oboe and Marimba
Ryan Laney


Nov. 2013
Civic Engagement Project Award

Funding awarded to establish a steel band at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Group was coached by C.J. Menge, a steel pan specialist from Austin, TX. Concerts were given at TAMUK, HMK High School and the Kingsville Public Library

Role: Co-Pi with Professor Randy Fluman
Source: TAMUK (Internal Grant)

April 2012
Civic Engagement Project Award

Funding awarded to put on joint faculty/student chamber concerts on campus and in the community. Students received weekly coaching      from faculty, helped with commissioning and premiering a new oboe and percussion duet, and helped to arrange concerts at the Kingsville Public Library, HMK High School, and TAMUK campus.

Role: Co-Pi with Dr. Ann Fronckowiak
Source: TAMUK (Internal Grant)

2017-current Zildjian Educational Artist, Zildjian Corporation, Norwell, MA
2016-current Remo Educational Artist, Remo Corporation, Valencia, CA
2015-current Black Swamp Educational Artist, Black Swamp Corporation, Zeeland, MI
2013-current Yamaha Performing Artist, Yamaha Corporation, Buena Park, CA
2009-current Innovative Percussion Artist, Innovative Percussion Corporation, Nashville, TN
2007 Co-Winner of the Southard Competition
Merlin by Andrew Thomas University of Northern Colorado
1998 Outstanding Achievement in Percussion Performance
University of North Dakota
1996 Outstanding Achievement in Percussion Performance
University of North Dakota

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Membership in Professional Societies
2016-present American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
2010-present National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors
2010-present Tau Beta Sigma
2009-present Kappa Kappa Psi
2008-present National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy
2008-present College Music Society
2008-present Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)
2008-present National Association for Music Education
1995-present Percussive Arts Society
Leadership Roles in Professional Societies
2021 Vice President of the North Dakota Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society
2016-2021 Member of Percussive Arts Society University Pedagogy Committee